As more and more details emerge on Michael Jordan’s famous flu game, the more it gets murkier. Now here is the pizza delivery place, which is accused of tampering with the pizza that Michael ate the night before the big game.
The former assistant manager of said Park City Pizza Hut, who made and delivered the pizza to Jordan, offered a few slices of truth in an interview with Jake Scott and Gordon Monson of 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City calls these accusations a “bunch of crap.”
On the night before Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals between the Utah Jazz and the Chicago Bulls, the now-infamous “Flu Game,” Jordan was in his hotel room in Park City, Utah, with trainer Tim Grover and personal assistant George Koehler. According to an account in episode 9 of The Last Dance, Jordan grew hungry by about 10:30 p.m. and told them to order a pizza.
“There was no room service in the hotel, so they call out,” Jason Hehir, the director of The Last Dance, said Monday on Jalen & Jacoby. “When the pizza shows up, Michael says, ‘Everybody, do not touch this pizza, this is mine. You didn’t wait for me [for dinner], don’t touch this.’ So he spits on the pizza.'”
In the Last Dance episode, the former assistant of Michael Jordan, Grover, claims foul play. According to him, there were five guys who delivered the pizza, and all of them were trying to get a peek into the room.
“Five guys delivering one pizza, they’re all trying to look in,” Grover said. “I take the pizza. I pay for them. I put this pizza down. I say, ‘I’ve got a bad feeling about this pizza.'”
Coming to his own defense Fite, the acting manager of the pizza joint, said that he adhered to all the guidelines prior to and during the construction of that pizza.
He washed his hands, took extra care of the curation and creation of the pizza, and even left the store while being an acting manager (a big no-no) while hand-delivering the pizza himself, alongside another employee. So, there were not five employees delivering a single pizza, at least per Fite’s account.
“The crap story the guy said, that there were five people, there were two of us — and I didn’t even have that many people working at the time at the store — but there were two of us,” Fite said.